According to LaFayette Police Department reports:
Nicholas Wayne Snyder, 18, of Fortune Street and a 16-year-old were arrested at 1 p.m. on June 1.
A stolen removable Jeep hardtop had been found by its owner in the front yard of the Fortune Street residence and was reported to police.
LaFayette police recovered the stolen item and searched the residence after the homeowner consented, according to detective Stacey Meeks.
“Once we got inside the residence, I located items from a burglary we had in February,” Meeks said.
The theft occurred at B&B Auto Sales on North Main Street on Feb. 27.
LaFayette police recovered a $390 detailing buffer and one of three professional-grade car batteries, valued at $150 each.
Other items stolen included six gallons of anti-freeze ($90), oil ($100), scrap copper ($200), mechanics screwdrivers ($100) and cleaning supplies ($200).
“While we were there the (Walker County) sheriff’s office located other stolen property in the house and they were able to link juvenile to (another theft from vehicle) that happened the same night the X-Terra was stolen in that same area,” Meeks said.
A set of keys and golf clubs were taken from a 2010 Jeep parked on Clydebird Road, according to Capt. Steve Rogers Jr. with the WCSO.
The theft from the Jeep occurred nearly two miles from where the X-Terra was later found.
Snyder faces a minimum of five years in prison and not more than 20 years if convicted of the burglary, according to Meeks.
Security footage from the business was turned over to police after the theft.
The Walker County Sheriff’s Office arrested Snyder and another teen with two other teens on May 26 for allegedly stealing a 2005 Nissan X-Terra on May 19.
The vehicle was later found on Round Pond Road after being off-roaded on Pigeon Mountain.
A similar vehicle theft happened a week later in which six vehicles were stolen from Cagle Used Cars and four were driven until they were destroyed, later located on Pigeon Mountain.